Becker County and the City of New York Mills each were awarded $60,000 from the state in Child Care Economic Development Grants, according to a news release.

In all, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded $727,500 to 11 organizations throughout Minnesota to increase families’ access to quality child care.

The community organizations receiving the grants will use the funds to help grow the capacity of existing child care providers or to encourage the startup of new child care businesses within their area, according to the release. Grant funds can be used for staff training, facility modifications or improvements required for licensing, assistance with licensing or other regulatory requirements, and child care equipment from furniture to playground materials.

For more information about the agency and its services visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

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